FAIR STATE BREWING is independently owned!

First Brewed



Minnesota, United States


Fair State Brewing Cooperative was founded in 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Evan Sallee, Niko Tonks, and Matt Hauck. The three friends had met while playing rugby, and began homebrewing together. While enjoying some beers at Black Star Co-Op in Austin, Texas, they became familiar with the Co-Op model for breweries, and resolved to create a similar brewery in Minneapolis, the first of its kind in Minnesota. Fair State started brewing in 2013, and before they even had a taproom the brewery already had over 300 members.

That taproom came in 2014. In 2017, the brewery added a 40,000 square foot production facility, and now distributes to 16 states. It also became Minnesota’s first unionized craft brewery in 2021. Currently, the brewery has over 2,000 members, all of whom pay a membership fee for discounts, a stake in the ownership of the brewery, and the opportunity to vote for the board of directors.

In 2024, the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing costs related to the pandemic.

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